Ferdinand Mount was the editor of TLS from 1991 to 2002, and was the head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1982-84. He is the author of Mind the Gap, Full Circle, and his latest book The New Few: or a very British oligarchy was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2012
Optimism versus Pessimism
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